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Standing still until the start of season.

SPORT on stillwaters will now dominate coarse fishing until the river season reopens on June 16?.

The season for coarse angling on running waters ended last Saturday night, and several anglers having a last fling on the Tees and Swale for chub and barbel were pleasantly surprised, with Alan Anderson accounting for a five-chub return totalling 15lb caught from one peg at Middleton One Row?.

One of the last matches on running waters was at Croft on Tees, where the Thornaby AA Open was won by Steve Roberts of Darlington, who had 12lb 4oz of chub caught on bread? Russ Willis was runner-up on 4lb 11oz and Graham Ellison took third place with 4lb?.

Aldin Grange has been in good form for ide and carp, while on The Angel several 30lb-plus mixed nets have been recorded, with the fishery's own brand of "Angel pellets" attracting lots of bites?.

Ide over the 2lb mark, along with small perch, are featuring at the Big Waters AC-run Dissington Pond near Ponteland?.

Coarse anglers will be delighted at the good news that Northumbrian Water will again be sponsoring a Spring Series run by Steve Wood on Whittle Dene this year, and starting this weekend?.

The NWA will generously donate a free Whittle Dene season permit to the winner of the eight-match series, which will be fished bi-monthly with a two-match disregard? The full list of dates are March 22 and 29, April 12 and 19, May 10 and 24, and June 7 and 14? To register or find out more ring or text Steve Wood on 07984 808434?.

At last month's Angling Trust/ Environment Agency's Open Forum, Wear anglers expressed their worries and frustration that the middle piece of the fish pass at Durham City is still missing and poaching is now rife?.

However, the meeting was relieved to hear from Chris Carter of the EA, who promised that the new Hydro scheme at Freemans Reach is being heavily monitored and furthermore can not do fish damage as rubber bumpers ensure no cuts into passing fish occur?.

The Darlington Brown Trout Angling Club (DBTAA) was formed more than 100 years ago, and is limited to 550 members together with its OAP, Ladies and Junior sections?.

It caters for both coarse and game anglers and owns, manages or has access to more than 10 miles of fishing on the Tees, four miles on the Swale, as well as stretches on the Lune, the Skerne and a number of ponds?

COARSE ANGLING DIARY Sunday: The first of this year's Northumbrian Water Spring Series goes ahead on Whittle Dene. Sunday also brings another Open match on The Angel, plus Opens on both Woodlands and The Oaks at Sessay. Another of the Aldin Grange Winter Opens takes place on Blackbird. Meet at 8am, draw at 8.30am (fish 10am-3pm), PS12 all in, PS5 peg fee, PS7 pools. Sunderland FAC have an away day at Aldin Grange to fish their Woodpecker Pole Trophy.

Wednesday: Big Waters AC hold a monthly meeting in The Empire Club, Salters Road, off Gosforth High Street. There is also a midweek Open on Woodlands. The Angling Trust are holding their own North East Development Group meeting from 7pm at The Northumbrian Piper Pub, Fawdon House, 1 Fawdon Close, Newcastle NE3 2AH.

Thursday: Open on The Oaks at Sessay.

DAVID HALL (01661) 886188

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2015
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